Sunday was a long-awaited celebration. Every year our church has a service to celebrate our teens who are graduating from high school. It is filled with traditions we have built through the years. One of the youth leaders introduces each one, naming their family members, their achievements in high school, telling of their favorite church memories and future plans, and quoting their life verse. The youth pastor presents each graduate with a Bible. The graduates recognize their parents and the special people who have prayed for them with roses. A video features interviews with the parents while baby, childhood, and high school photos fill the screen. There is a message from the youth pastor. At the conclusion of the service, the graduates and their parents form a receiving line and everyone comes by to offer congratulations.
This year my daughter is one of the graduates.
I was nervous about being videotaped while talking about and to my daughter, but when the team edited it and put it together with photos, it was incredibly moving. My daughter’s daddy passed away when she was only five, but through words and pictures, he was with us Sunday.
Her graduation Bible is perfect for her- a lovely purple leather binding of the New King James Version- like her, a blend of traditional and modern.
Her life verse, Jeremiah 29:11, affirms how God has been, is now, and always will be at work in her life.
She was so poised during her part of the program, reading her part clearly, calm in front of the whole congregation.
We were given the opportunity to reflect on the future and pray for guidance and offer our commitment to God.
Then we were engulfed with congratulations, handshakes, and hugs, memories and wishes from all our friends. What a warm, heart-felt celebration!